MANCHESTER, N.H. (WWLP) – It’s primary day in New Hampshire and people are already casting their votes. The winners of the primary won’t be announced until Tuesday night, but early Tuesday morning is when the first results came in.
Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders and Republican candidate Governor John Kasich won in the small, remote village of Dixville Notch, which has only nine registered voters. These voters have the privilege of voting first, just after midnight. There, Sanders won with four votes over Hilary Clinton who had zero votes. Republican voters in Dixville Notch chose Kasich with three votes over Donald Trump, who received two.
While the rest of the state still has the opportunity to vote throughout the day, many polls suggest that Sanders will win over Clinton, and that Trump holds a strong lead over the Republicans.
Though a candidate doesn’t need to win in the New Hampshire primary to win his or her party nomination, it would help boost that momentum.
According to the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s website, there are just over 231,000 registered Democrats, 262,000 registered Republicans and 389,000 unenrolled voters in the state.
The unenrolled voters are the ones who can really surprise everyone once the results come out.
The New Hampshire primary and its results give the candidates an idea about where they stand in the race, and whether they can gain enough support to stay in the running. The primary also gives undecided voters in later primary states, like Massachusetts, a better idea of where each candidate stands on issues.